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An authentic conversation is one of the most important ways of creating strong, lasting relationships with family and friends. And since the previous year offered limited face-to-face social interaction, it’s more important than ever to nurture those friendships and spend more time with loved ones.

While so many people are excited to go out and about, there’s always an opportunity to gather in your own home with close friends and family members. But does your current living arrangement set you up for success in the mingling department?

There are plenty of simple design tricks and methods of furniture arrangement that can turn a dull living space into a conversation station. Here are our tried and true tips for creating a gathering area that encourages honest laughs, small talk, deep discussion and fruitful exchange:

1. Choose a place that could use a pick me up
If you want to make a major difference in your house and create a new haven for gathering that your guests are sure to talk about for days after the get-together, start from scratch. An empty corner, nook near a window or bare-bones bedroom can make the ideal clean slate for your new conversation pit. This is an optimal way to maximize your current living space and make sure every inch of square footage is being utilized to its fullest potential.

 

The basement is a great space for entertaining.The basement is a great space for entertaining.

2. Make furniture choice and placement a top priority
Furniture placement can make or break the vibe in a room. The easiest way to encourage the conversation is to bring seating close together, making it difficult to avoid others in your presence. A sectional sofa makes conversation simple, for example, as the wrap-around design brings people close together while ensuring face-to-face interaction. An arrangement of seated furniture around a circular coffee table is just as effective in this sense.

3. Don’t forget the focal point
The focal point of the space should act as a conversation starter. This can be anything from the coffee table centerpiece or area rug to the accent wall or unique piece of decorative art hanging from the ceiling. Consider finding a statement piece and let it dictate how you decorate the rest of the room — complementing the focal point with paint, accessories and furniture can make for an inspiring decor experience.

4. Have fun with decor
The focal point should stand out against the rest of the decorations, but the theme in its entirety should inspire and encourage conversation. If you want to go above and beyond, make the entire conversation station stand out against the grain, even if it’s only a small portion of an already-established living area. This doesn’t only act as a great conversation starter but can be a focal point in your home on its very own.

 

Decorate around the focal point of the room.Decorate around the focal point of the room.

5. Get in touch with a personal decorator from Decorating Den Interiors
The desire to start a conversation station in your home shouldn’t end with the thought itself. If you want to bring this project to life but you’re not sure where to get started, one of the design consultants from Decorating Den Interiors can surely help you get the ball rolling.

One of our experienced decorating professionals will come to your home for a free consultation. At this time, you’ll receive a full evaluation of the space you want to revamp, plus additional decorating tips and design scheme ideas to bring your vision to life. During the conversation, be sure to bring up your goals for the room, as well as your personal style requirements or other preferences you want to see in the space. This will set the foundation for the partnership and ensure everyone remains on the same page throughout the project.

Whether you’re looking to throw an end-of-summer party or plan for cozy gatherings in the fall, now’s a great time to get this revamp started. Reach out to one of the personal decorators from Decorating Den Interiors today to learn more.